Monday, 28 July 2014

The Little Things

1. Even though I've finished my low fodmap seven day diet, I'm still doing the 'diet'. Since day two last week I've had zero stomach problems and I lost six pounds in one week! I'm having a problem uploading the 30+ pictures as the internet is rubbish but hope I can have a post on that up soon.

2. The grass in our garden is like a mini jungle! Can't believe how much it's all grown!! It's so close to being finished. We just need some big pots for flowers and some paint to do the fence and to cut the grass.

3. Five years ago this week we were looking at flats to move to Plymouth. So much can happen during five years. You can make so many memories and so many mistakes but always... no regrets!

4. The other half is on holiday this week so I'm making sure he finds the time to finish our photo wall and hang my picture wall in my book room. I'll be so happy to have these final touches done. We've been here for four months and we've still got lots of finishing touches to do but I think it's nice to finally see our house become a home.

5. Blue skies. Always.




Monday, 21 July 2014


One of my American book blogging friends {I think} posted Colbie Cailat's new single on facebook and after watching it, I'm totally addicted. I've bought the single and have been annoying my other half by playing it on repeat again and again but not only do I love the video the lyrics are truly beautiful. So I thought I'd share.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Health {& Fitness} Update #1


I never really thought I'd write one of these posts. But over the last few months my health has taken a massive beating and something has to change, and that something is me.

Back in 2010 I was diagnosed with IBS along side my endometriosis, oh joy of joys! {Supposedly it is a common occurrence for endometriosis sufferers to also have IBS.} But since moving it has really spiralled out of control for me. Three weeks ago I decided to take action. I was exercising every other day, I was eating well. I'd lost a pound but my IBS was still flaring up. The following week I was consumed by bad migraines and dizzy spells and couldn't do much. Then two days ago I had to attend a pre-interview interview and after a bad night's sleep I stressed myself out like I haven't done in years and made myself really ill. I felt better on Saturday and managed when my Mum came to visit but Saturday night and all today I have been violently ill and to be honest I'm sick of it. I'm planning on going back to the Dr's but to be honest all they do is give me drugs and tell me to take Fybogel and to be honest it's really not helpful.

So between bouts of being ill today I've done a bit of research and have come across fodmap which is a diet that can help people who suffer from IBS, Colitis and Crohn's Disease.
Now I say it's a diet and it sort of is but it lists all the foods you shouldn't eat and all the foods that you can and most of the foods I know I can't eat match this list with a few others I didn't know about. Also while researching fodmap I came across the Whole30 and plan to look more into that later.

So I'm planning on giving the fodmap diet a go over the next seven days {including today!} and then seeing how I feel. I will be updating my intagram with everything I'm eating to keep myself accountable over the next seven days. Today's lunch is already up. 

I'm exciting and nervous about this partly because I'll be saying goodbye to all my favourite fruits and I'm not super keen on the ones listed and I want to still be able to cook and eat meals with Ryan and not have this become really hard with cooking two different meals and have to spend a lot of money buying different foods. So over the week I'm planning on trying to use the foods we have in and adjust them to making them fodmap friendly while not buying much extra other than maybe wheat and gluten free pasta and some more veggies.

Wish me luck and I plan to be back next Sunday with how it all went!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

In The Kitchen // Yorkshire Puddings

Yorkshire Puds

Sunday dinners are one of my favourite meals. But we only have them maybe once every two months. My favourite part of Sunday dinners has to be Yorkshire puddings. They are also may favourite thing to make. A couple of weeks ago Ry did a Sunday dinner with gammon and I offered to make the Yorkshire puds. They didn't turn out as fabulous as usual because we have a really rubbish oven but with a decent oven they can turn out better than this.

This will make:
1 large {severs 4-6} 
4 large {serves 4} 
12 small {serves 4-8} 

2 eggs
180ml / 6fl.oz. milk
100g / 4oz plain flour
1/2 level tsp salt

Preheat oven 220C/425F/Gas Mark 7. Put a small amount of oil into your chosen tin and place into oven until hot.
Add all the ingredients together and whisk until there are no lumps.
Leave the mixture for at least 30 minutes. {This is my secret because it helps them to rise}
Remove the tin from the oven, and slowly pour the mixture in.
Return to the oven straight away and bake until well risen and golden. DO NOT open oven door until they have finished cooking or they will sink.

1 large 30-40 minutes
4 large 20-25 minutes
12 small 15-20 minutes